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Congressman Who Once Compared Republicans to Terrorists, Likens Actual Terrorists to American Revolutionaries

Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) today defended the President’s decision to negotiate with terrorists during the Bergdahl swap, even equating the Taliban to soldiers in the American Revolution.

Via Fox News:

According to sources, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., made the comparison during a House briefing late Monday with administration officials on the trade of Taliban members for American Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Nadler apparently made the point that the Taliban, as non-state actors, have a status similar to that of American soldiers who fought the British during the Revolutionary War.

This comparison, Fox News is told, was met with a lot of groaning by other lawmakers.

Nadler has to issue a statement of clarification on his comparison.  The similarity Nadler sees between American Revolutionaries and the Taliban were that neither party wore uniforms.  Or something.

While Jerrold Nadler views Taliban terrorists as being similar to soldiers fighting in the American Revolution, he also has a strange view of who real terrorists are.  Namely, Republicans.

Via the Daily Caller (h/t Weasel Zippers), January 2013:

New York Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler called for Congress to abolish the debt ceiling, comparing congressional Republicans to “suicide” bombers for supporting spending cuts which exceed any increase in the debt limit.

“Paul Krugman used the example on TV the other day — said it’s like somebody wearing a suicide bomb vest walking into a crowded place saying, ‘I’ll blow up the place if you don’t give me what I want.’ That’s exactly what it is,” said Nadler, the Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution on Wednesday at the Capitol.

“I use the analogy in speeches saying that it’s like a 1930s movie: ‘Nice economy you’ve got over there, pity if it should have to blow up if you don’t pay me off.’ and that’s what’s going on here.”

So in Nadler’s world, Republicans equate to suicide bombers, while an organization known for suicide bombings equate to American patriots.

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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